Ancient Japan: An Island Nation

A Byodoin temple in Japan Introduction Japan’s samurai warriors had a strict code of conduct. They were the protectors of the Japanese people and the masters of the martial arts. Japan is a land of contrasts. Ultramodern skyscrapers tower over ancient shrines and temples. The latest styles from Paris or Milan are tastefully displayed alongside[…]

Ancient Indian Flavors

Tandoori Roast leg of lamb. (Photo: Courtesy of Niloufer Mavalvala.) By James Wiener / 11.17.2016 The flavors and aromas of ancient Persia and India converge in Parsi cuisine. In this exclusive interview, Niloufer Mavalvala, author of The Art of Parsi Cooking: Reviving an Ancient Cuisine, introduces us to the culture and the tastes of the Parsis. Niloufer[…]

North Carolina Republicans Call Special Session to Sabotage Newly Elected Democratic Governor

North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper By Stephen D. Foster, Jr. / 12.15.2016 In retaliation for losing the North Carolina governor’s race, Republicans are quickly moving to strip all power from the executive branch. Democratic candidate Roy Cooper won a hard fought gubernatorial campaign against cry-baby Pat McCrory, who refused to concede defeat and challenged the[…]

Don’t Ride that Frog, Mouse!

(image from a manuscript [Colmar Bibliothèque municipale, 0409 (493)] of the translation into Latin by Carlo Marsuppini (1399–1453) of a classical Greek parodic epic, the Batrachomyomachia, The Battle of the Frogs and Rats. In this particular case, the frog drowns his passenger (who, in Chapman’s translation, “Cried Peepe, and perish’d”) because he’s frightened by a water snake.[…]

Man on a Mission to Beat Cancer

Professor Richard Gilbertson from the CRUK Cambridge Institute / Photo by Carol Sachs Thirty years ago, Professor Richard Gilbertson pledged to implement a 15 per cent reduction in mortality from children’s brain cancer. This is the story of what happened next. 12.14.2016 On the children’s ward at Newcastle General Hospital in 1986, medical student Richard Gilbertson got[…]

Surprises as an Ancient Statue Is Prepped to Receive Its Missing Head

Conservator Eduardo Sanchez at work in the Getty Villa’s stone conservation studio. He’s removing old restorations to an ancient Roman statue of a draped woman in preparation for reuniting her with her long-lost head. Object: Statue of a Draped Female, about A.D. 175, Roman. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 72.AA.153 Antiquities conservator Eduardo Sanchez is[…]

Tackling Antisemitism Doesn’t Mean Clamping Down on Criticism of Israel

Israeli military exercise near the Gaza border. Photo: IDF. Flickr. Some rights reserved. The Israeli government has formalised a flawed definition of antisemitism that includes ‘exceptional criticism’ of Israel. By Eleanor Penny / 12.14.2016 It is summer 2014, the height of the most recent Gaza war. With around twenty fellow members ‘Jewdas’ – a group[…]

Making a Living vs. Making a Life

By Christopher Renzo Life Coach Keen Awareness Within the past few months I have been exploring feelings as I journey into my past in ways I never have before.  I am realizing that the older I get the more humbled I become, not necessarily by an inability to grapple with life’s challenges, but by seeing[…]

Who Was China’s Last Emperor?

Henry Pu Yi When you think of China in the modern-day, you think of a communist/socialist state, a place of beauty with the Great Wall, and a country whose cuisine has spread worldwide. However there was a time when China did have its own emperor, and was not ran by either the Japanese or Mao.[…]

Trump’s Kids – Who Will Take Over Business – Attend Father’s Meeting with Top Tech Execs

Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump sitting at an official meeting on Wednesday between their father, President-elect Donald Trump, and executives from top technology firms, including’s Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. (Photo: Screenshot/CNN) “How can Trump’s kids run his business and yet be privy to presidential meetings……[…]

A Life Worth Living: Death, Tolstoy’s Ivan Ilyich and the effects of mind-wandering

In Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, the main character’s mind tends to wander in both time and space. “In court he found his mind wandering; he would be miles away, wondering whether to have plain or moulded cornices with his curtains.” 12.14.2016 Mind-wandering: Negative or positive? In the 1960s and ’70s, psychologist Walter[…]

The Happiness Found in Creativity

By Anna O’Faolan / 12.14.2016 Exploring the Nature of Creativity Does an optimistic mood bring greater creative inspiration? Or is this complex, sensitive, and easily startled creature most likely to shine in a darkened room? Does being happy make you more, or less creative? In an age where the workings of the human mind are[…]

NBC News: US Officials Say Putin Personally Involved in US Election Hack

By Joe Gandelman / 12.15.2016 Editor-in-Chief, The Moderate Voice NBC news has just released a report indicating that U.S. officials now say Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the U.S. election hack — the one Donald Trump rejects as being done by Russia because he says there’s no proof. Additionally, they note that[…]